RE-ENTERING: Successful Back-to-Work Strategies for Women Seeking a Fresh Start by Eleanor Berman

RE-ENTERING: Successful Back-to-Work Strategies for Women Seeking a Fresh Start

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The best feature of this handbook for home-makers seeking to enter or return to the business world is its case histories of like-minded women who have made the move successfully despite fears of failure, conflicts about family responsibilities, and little or no employment record. Among them, we meet J. Walter Thompson executive Rena Bartos, who took ten years off to raise her son; Annie Fox, who established her own accounting firm at 59; and Betty Jensen, whose husband divorced her after 25 years of marriage, encouraging her to join her two daughters in college. Interspersed with these, Eleanor Berman (author of The Cooperating Family), who herself returned to work at 39, presents fairly standard advice on picking an appropriate field (list goals, experience, abilities, etc.), preparing resumÉs (stress skills if there have been no paying jobs), doing cover letters, and getting through interviews. Some of the exercises--drawn from a Hunter College series for re-entering home-makers--seem needlessly complicated (listing goals individually on 10 sheets of paper, marking little boxes, assigning numerical values), but there are also clear samples of resumÉs and letters, sections on occupational directories, and detailed appendices listing career-counseling offices by state, as well as financial aid organizations. Useful, both as a practical guide and a psychological boost.

Pub Date: March 1st, 1980
Publisher: Crown